ISLAMABAD - The evacuation process of stranded Pakistani students from war-hit Ukraine to Poland and other countries is under way.

“Our embassy in Ukraine has safely evacuated a large number of stranded Pakistani students and nationals despite worse conflict in the country,” said Pakistan’s Ambassador to Ukraine Noel Israel Khokhar while talking The Nation on phone.

He said that all Pakistani students and nationals in Ukraine are safe.

According to him, the communication system is affected due to the war, however, through social media messages are being disseminated about the evacuation process and assistance being provided by the Pakistan embassy. Pakistan International Airlines would run two special flights to Poland to take Pakistanis from there to Pakistan, once the evacuation process is completed, he explained.

He explained that there were 3000 Pakistani students studying in various colleges and universities in Ukraine and more than half have been evacuated and some of them had already left the country a bit earlier to other countries.

The Ambassador said some 500 to 600 students were left and have taken shelter at the Pakistan embassy which was in the process for their safe evacuation to border from where they could cross over to Poland to take PIA flights.

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Sharing the latest details, the ambassador said a total of 62 people including 21 family members of the embassy staff had already been evacuated whereas 59 people were on the border crossing (Ukraine-Poland border). He said another 79 people including 67 students and 12 family members of embassy staff were on their way to the Ukraine-Poland border. A batch of 104 students from Kharkiv was arriving via train while 20 other students were being evacuated from Kyiv on a bus arranged by the embassy.

Pakistan Ambassador to Romania Dr Zafar Iqbal told The Nation that their embassy in Romania has established an additional hotline in addition to the embassy’s already existing one which is being manned round-the-clock.

He said comprehensive information with complete guidance regarding border crossing points between the two countries and visa process and system has been shared on social media.  “Individuals were also guided separately. A cell phone headed by deputy head of the mission and supervised by head of the chancery for coordination with the Romanian authorities had been set up for facilitation of Pakistani citizens upon entering at border town Siret.